A Cultural Paradox: Fun in Mathematics


Zilahy A Cultural Paradox: Fun in Mathematics J 2 the Z Publishing 2 .Jeffrey A.

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Math LOL 8. Abstraction is for the Birds 10. Picking a Winner is as Easy as 1. NKS: Anti-Establishment as Establishment 11. That's my Birthday! 4. 42% of Statistics are Made up 12. Introduction 2. Gratuitous Mathematical Hype 7. Gaussian Copula: $ Implications 15. I am a Liar 6. I Will Never Use This 14. LOL Math.Book Directory: 1. 3. 3. A Proven Savant 5 . Sizing up Infinity 5. In Addition to High School Geometry 9. Undercover Mathematicians 13. 2.

When Nothing is Something 24.16. When you Need Randomness in Life 27. Through the Eyes of Escher 30. One Heck of a Ratio 18. Origami is Realized Geometry 31. Casinos Heart Math 20. Think Binary 25. A Real Mathematical Hero 19. Do I Have a Question for you! 23. Quipu to Mathematica 29. e=mc2 Redux 28. History of the TOE and E8 17. Your Order Will Take Forever 26. We Eat This Stuff Up 22. The Man who was Sure About Uncertainty 21. Quantifying the Physical 6 .

Awesome Numb3rs 38. You can see the Past as it Were 44. Needn't say Anymore 43. Zeno's Paradox in Time and Space 42. Mobius Strip: Assembly Required 46. Auto-Didactic Ivy Leaguers 41. Mundane Implications of Time Dilation 35. Some Sampling of Math Symbols 39.32. Nature = a + bi and Other Infinite Details 34. eiΠ + 1 = 0 is Heavy Duty 47. Computation of Consciousness 40. Music: A Beautiful Triangulation 45. Watch = Temporal Dimension Gauge 36. Modern Syntax Paradigms 37. Geometric Progression Sure Adds up 33. Choice Words 7 .

Alpha Behavior 55. A. Internet Cred Worth Paying Attention to 51. Latest in Building Marvels 49. I Know Kung Fu 53.48.D. More Incompleteness 54. Inflection Point 52. This is Q.E.I. Your Eyes do not Tell the Whole Story 50. Quick Stream of Consciousness 57. Off on a Tangent 56. Acknowledgements Bibliography Note Index 8 .

intriguing. namely planet earth and of course the greater cosmos. Therefore. think of each chapter as a brief conversation on a topic and if you would like more detail. I seem to repeatedly find myself reminded of the pure chances of being born in this era and how awesome it is to be involved in science in such a time. I would say that math is powerful. It seems to me that there is a close relationship between the level of sophistication that a civilization possesses and the degree of mathematics that a civilization grasps. I encourage you to visit your local friend/bookstore/internet. This book is merely meant as a brief reflection on what I consider some of the 9 . mostly written over a few week span in late 2009. I am of the belief that mathematics is the underlying "software" that powers the "hardware" that we live in. as an unabashed science and technology aficionado. I have long appreciated the objective nature of science and been amazed at how much it has wrought for the inhabitants of this little rock we fondly call Earth. and intensely relevant to all of our lives.CH 1: Introduction or why did I write this? So. followed by several plodding months of refinement with the help of a few thoughtful people. simply a love for discussing mathematics propelled me to formulate this book. I think it is worth stressing that this is obviously not intended as an in-depth look at any of the subjects contained herein.

most interesting and powerful ideas that swirl around in the mathematics community today. this book is classified as NonFiction. and therefore all ideas are presumed to be fact. so while I have tried my best to be accurate. Thank you for reading. this book represents my musings on early 21st century recreational math(s). The topics in this book are the ones that are simply on my radar right now and that are mostly tied into popular culture. A shameless plug to visit lovemathematics.com 10 . There are countless other topics and areas of mathematics that can be addressed. Naturally. I sincerely hope that these topics prove to be as interesting and surprising to you as they are to me. Really. I must take responsibility for any subsequent errors found.

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